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Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)


Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)

To everyone with a loved one at the RTC or soon to be there, we say, "Welcome!"  To those who are sticking around after PIR to help those who are just beginning this awesome journey, we say, "Thank you!"

This is a place to talk, ask questions, and share stories. It is our desire that this Group will provide the information, encouragement, and support you need while your loved one is at the RTC in Great Lakes. Enjoy your time here and feel free to Comment and join in the Discussions. Be sure to check out the "Pages" to the right, located under the pictures of the Members, especially OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile), (Click "View All" to see all of them.)

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Answers to Common Questions

Are there any official RTC sites?

Yes, check out and They will have lots of information for you. also has items at times.

The RTC will stream PIR live at and beginning at 8:45 am CST on the day of PIR for those who are unable to attend in person.


Can recruits take anything to BC with them?

Recruits should go with what they have on their backs, their cell phones, and not much else. (See Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC.)


What will the first day be like at BC?

See Arrival and What Happens at the RTC and Ship/Division--How it Works.

How long is the "I'm here!" call and when will s/he be able to call again?

See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.


When will "The Box" come?

It will usually arrive by FedEx within a few days, but it can take up to 2 weeks at times.


I got my recruit's address from the recruiter. Can I trust it?

Double-check the address the recruiter gave you against those at, but we strongly encourage you to wait on the form letter before sending mail to your recruit. Sometimes a form letter is not mailed by accident and if it has been at least 2 calendar weeks since your recruit arrived at the RTC and you do not have a form letter, then you can call the recruiter and get the address and mail letters to your recruit, but be sure to double-check the address against those at or Ship/Division--How it Works.


When will the Form Letter come and what is in it?

The Form Letter will arrive in your regular mail a week or so after "The Box" arrives--10 days after arrival is the average, but it can come sooner or 2 to 3 weeks after arrival. (You can find a copy of the current form letter in the Page, The Form Letter. The brochure that is included from MWRGL about hotels and other things is at This form letter is full of info and you will need it to get the vehicle/gate pass if you are driving onto the RTC for PIR, so keep it in a safe place. It includes your recruit's address, so now you can mail out all the letters you have been writing. There is more on this in Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.

The Form Letter will also tell you the date of PIR, so you can start making plans for your trip. There are many hotels in the area and there is information in the grad pack and on this site about them. If you fly in, renting a car will make your life easier. Also, if you are flying, some airlines, such as Southwest, will allow you to change your flight if something happens without a charge, so you do not have to book refundable tickets. Plan to arrive the day before PIR so you won't risk missing this very special event and go to Sarge's Meet and Greet (go to Events on the right or in the tab above and move the calendar to the day before PIR and then locate it) and maybe part of another Meet and Greet (Ramada Inn has one and sometimes Flanagan's). If your Sailor's "A" School or training is in GL, plan to leave late Sunday or on Monday and if your Sailor will be flying out, then plan to leave late Saturday or on Sunday to have the most time with your Sailor. (This may need to be adjusted if PIR is not on Friday.) See Saving Money PIR Weekend and PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend.


Sarge has a taxi service and he is a wealth of information and has a Meet and Greet at the Sundance Saloon in Waukegan the night before PIR. His cell number is 847-212-0246. His M&G and services have been getting great reviews. Find Sarge on N4M as OldSarge.


Once you know your recruit's PIR date, be sure to join the group for that. New groups are posted on here or you can go to and join the group for that once it has been created.


How do I know who my recruit plans to put on the Access List?

The Form Letter will also include the names of up to 3 or 4 people, depending on the size of the TG, that your recruit plans to put on the Access List about 10 days before PIR (some Sailors have indicated that they submitted the names during the week of PIR). If the names on the form letter are not the same as those who will be attending, write to your recruit and give him/her the names that should be listed as they should be written. Recruits sometimes write “Mom, Dad, Bro, Sis” or other similar names to save time and give them more time to write a short note to you (one recruit wrote a single letter on each line); don’t worry your recruit will write the given names on the Access List when the time comes. If you are concerned that your recruit may not know someone’s given name or the correct spelling of someone’s name, write to your recruit and give him/her the names as they should be included on the Access List. Nicknames that a reasonable person would associate with the name on the ID are fine, but it is best if the names on the Access List match the ID’s of those who are attending. will tell you how many guests your recruit is permitted. Children ages 2 and under do not have to be listed, but all others must be on the Access List in order to attend PIR. The then Sailor is able to change the names s/he has submitted for the Access List up to 24 hours before PIR if needed, but it is best if s/he submits the correct names the first time. Let your Sailor know when you receive the "I'm a Sailor!" call if a change needs to be made.


How do I get the vehicle/gate pass?

About 11 days before PIR the link to download the vehicle/gate pass will be posted at You will need to enter the password from the form letter using all capital letters and then print the vehicle pass and handwrite in the information to fill in the blanks. You can print off more than one vehicle pass if your Sailor's guests will be arriving in more than one vehicle or just to be certain that you know where one is.


What will happen PIR weekend?

See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend and


Donna is not on the site much now and lemonelephant will be helping out along with many others who have begun this journey before you. (Donna, we are forever thankful that you started this group that continues to help so many.)


Be sure to check out the Pages to the right (under the pictures of the Members) for additional information. (You will need to click "View All" to see all of them.)

Discussion Forum

May 8th arrival at BC

Started by Nuke wife/nuke mom. Last reply by mykidsmom yesterday. 4 Replies

Question regarding airport after PIR

Started by kandie88. Last reply by kandie88 on Thursday. 8 Replies

PIR questions

Started by Nuke wife/nuke mom. Last reply by Anti M on Wednesday. 7 Replies

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Comment by Christine 1 minute ago

We're sure hoping for some photos there today! I'm glad they all got some time off yesterday. Hopefully it helped those that have been sick.

Comment by FLSeaHorse 4 hours ago
I looked earlier I did not see any new ones posted.
Comment by diannep 6 hours ago

brendap:  If they post photos, this is the link they would be on:

Comment by diannep 6 hours ago

My take on the illnesses at Bootcamp is this (for what it is worth!).  They have so many vaccinations when they first arrive that their immune systems are temporarily compromised, allowing so many germs on so many people to cause problems!  Seems that as Bootcamp progresses, although there are still some illnesses, it levels off a bit.  Even though they feel bad, most are not setback due to these illnesses and graduate on time.  Some have even been briefly hospitalized with pneumonia, etc, but still made their PIR date!

Sharonclips:  We are vitamin people meds....but they can't have those in Bootcamp to heal or prevent illnesses....sadly....anything they put into their bodies has to be approved by or issued by the Navy! 

Comment by Sharonclips 6 hours ago
Thanks AntiM. We use vitamix and smoothies alot, vitamins etc usually. I do not see how he can get those throughout.
Comment by brendap 6 hours ago

If there are new photos of the recruits at RTC due to maybe Memorial Day events, where would we be able to view them? Maybe catch our recruit on one of them?

Comment by alabamatlab 6 hours ago

Thanks for the info everybody.  It did occur to me that it might not really be the flu but something else. And no doubt that it is easy to catch something with the close quarters and all those people, lack of sleep, etc.  I'm sure they're used to it at the RTC. I know he just needs to get another week or so under his belt and things will be a lot better. 

Comment by Anti M 7 hours ago

I had the Crud while in boot camp ....35 years ago.  It is not a flu, it is a nasty cold which can turn into upper respiratory issues.  They can go to medical and get basic cold medicine.  Many do not want to take the time away from training to do so, or draw attention to themselves.  However, if they are really having more than the usual cold symptoms, it is important to see a doc.  Very important.  They are a Navy asset now, and should take care of themselves!

Honestly, with germs and kids from all over the country, close quarters, lack of sleep, and stress, it is easy to catch the  crud.  Usually kicks over in less than a week.  And then they get the chance to catch a new crud in A school, and yet another one at their new homeport.   It is not unusual to catch a cold each time they transfer.  

Comment by Sharonclips 7 hours ago
Alabamatlab it is not penicillin but is from plasma so it can have some penicillin in it from our blood. It is similar to the shot I got for being rh negative and it only helps short term like a couple of months whereas penicillin lasts much longer.
Comment by Sharonclips 7 hours ago
I never get sick, even when husband had a brain injury and was in a coma, when my mom died and dad had to come live with me! But when my store closed and I had to go work somewhere else not as a manager I got sick and could not get rid of the crud! It lasted for three months! I just believe when you are stressed your body does not do the work it needs to stay well. Hope everyone gets better real soon. I have not heard from mine so I am assuming he is not sick. When they did tear gas they should be cleaned out! At least that is what others have told me that did it.

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